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Doing Business Without Handshakes
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Ashu001
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7/30/2014 | 12:37:34 PM
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H@mmy,

It seems you have'nt quite met the One-Man Show Organizations where everything works exclusively at the Whims and Fancies of the founder-CEO.

Trust me in those companies Professionalism usually tends to go out of the window at the first Sign of Trouble.

They need tons and Tons of Training if you ask me[And Employees who work there need Tons and Tons of Courage&Fortitude to boot].

Regards

Ashish.
Ashu001
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7/30/2014 | 12:29:40 PM
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Chris,

That was most considerate of you -Why not just Hang a Board over your neck-Explaining the issue?

LOL!!! Just Kidding!

I don't know if you are following the Latest International News but it seems Ebola and the Plague are both back with the bang today.

The solution for both these issues is the same;Non-Contact and Isolation.

I am surprised that such News does'nt find more Coverage in MSM in America today.

Regards

Ashish.
ChrisMurphy
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7/30/2014 | 10:14:47 AM
This is REALLY hard to do
I've had a cold for two weeks. Last Friday I was at an all-day editorial conference, and I made it a point not to shake anyone's hand -- "I have a cold, so I'll spare you the handshake" I said about 50 times. It felt awkward, and there was a temptation every time on my end to just shake hands. 

But I will say -- 90% of the time, the response I got from peopel was identical: "Thank you." They said it out loud that they appreciated it. So while awkward on my end, everyone appreciated it.  
zerox203
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7/30/2014 | 7:51:03 AM
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Ha, this reminds me of something funny. One year at Penny Arcade Expo in Boston, attendees were advised not to use handshakes (precisely because there was a flu going around). Instead, they were offered an alternative for how to greet others. Obviously, this was intended partially as a joke, but surprisingly, most people followed the "rule". The folks running the convention made a point to say afterwards that (at least among their staff) there was a noticeably reducded amount of post-convention sickness. Not to read too much into an isolated incident (I'll say that I didn't get sick either), but hey, I guess there's some merit to this idea!

As for everyone poo-pooing Dave's fist bump idea, I hear you, but I think you're sort of missing the point. Of course we should wash our hands often (I don't remember Dave saying we shouldn't), but there are considerations other than just that. The study scientifically proved that handshaking is less sanitary than other forms of physical contact (presumably this applies even if you do wash your hands). It's a fact (according to this study). Obviously, we're all still going to use handshakes (at least sometimes) regardless. I think the point was just to raise an interesting question about an age-old custom and ask 'would we get rid of it if there was a good enough reason to?'. Apparently we wouldn't.
H@mmy
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7/30/2014 | 7:36:14 AM
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I disagree over here. Running business is not a one's men show. You may not discriminate your workers. it is their efforts that makes your business flourish. So you can not avoid them as well and if you do that then are going to be less productive.
nomii
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7/30/2014 | 7:14:38 AM
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@David a nice article. It really brings something which most of us do not consider important. What I will start doing now is to watch every little thing from a different persoective abd try to find the hind side of every aspect. I believe shaking hand is definitely a confident boster and feels that to avaoid the buisbess loss it better to keep it to those whom you definitely want to do buisness with. For rest of your office workers it should restrict to greetings only.  :)
nomii
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7/30/2014 | 7:10:27 AM
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@tzubair nice. I am thinking what will happen if you got your count wrong or your first is actually the fifth one.    :)
nomii
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7/30/2014 | 7:08:23 AM
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@Asksqn I believe that it is not how one can made people to wash hands or make them understand its consiquences. I believe it should be made second nature to the people. I feel that its difficult to wash hands afetr every 10 to 15 min as you will be doing something on average. Either you need to be available in the vaccinity of washroom all the time or carry one along   :)
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7/30/2014 | 2:43:48 AM
Bumpy Ride Ahead
Then, there is going to be a lot of fist bumps. It is really amusing to imagine tow CEO's from two companies fist bumping each other -it would be so cool. Meeting a new group and fist bumping all would be a nice experience. I hope everyone bumps me gently and our knuckles stay in the right place. 
tzubair
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7/30/2014 | 2:42:21 AM
Re: Is This From the Onion or the Daily Currant?
" It is a fact that one in five people do **not** wash their hands."

@asksqn: This fact, coupled with the other facts about handshakes that David mentioned, makes me even more freaked out about handshakes. The next time I'm in a large gathering and have plenty of people coming to me to meet, the only thing I'll be thinking is which one of these is the "fifth" one!

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